Student Employment Opportunities

Hourly positions

Western Michigan University students with Federal Work-study are encouraged to apply. Some positions limit eligibility to students currently living on campus.

Desk receptionist apply online

The receptionist position works at a residence hall service desk evenings and weekends; hours vary based on the hall. Responsibilities include answering questions, checking out equipment, guest sign in and mail services. For this position, workers average 5 to 10 hours per week. Students with Federal Work-study are encouraged to apply. Only students living in the residence halls (or those who have lived in the halls) and have Federal Work-study are eligible for this position.

Office manager apply online
This position addresses student needs Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the hall office, as well as assists the hall director. Administrative and organizational skills are required. Office managers work an average eight to 12 hours per week. To be eligible to apply, students must have lived in the WMU residence halls at least one semester and be at least in their second year at WMU. Students with Federal Work-study are encouraged to apply.

Moving crew apply online
This position works with facility projects, including moving furniture, lofting beds and organizing inventory. Heavy lifting is involved. Workers average 10 to 20 hours per week. Students with work-study are encouraged to apply. To be eligible to apply, students must have lived on campus at least one semester and have a 2.0 cumulative GPA.

Central Office Student Assistant apply online
This position works in the Housing and Residence Life main office. Responsibilities include monitoring phones, assisting students and parents, and providing support for various projects. COSAs work up to 20 hours per week. To be eligible to apply, students must have lived in campus housing at least one semester and had previous employment in the department.

Summer staff positions 
Several summer positions are available, and they vary by responsibility and duration of employment. They include assisting with the medieval conference (two to three weeks), summer conferences (all summer), summer school (all summer) and orientation (six weeks). Applications are available in late January-early February.

WMU Apartments stairwell worker/student custodians
This position assists with keeping WMU Apartment complex stairwells clean and free of debris. Workers average 10 to 15 hours per week. Students with work-study are encouraged to apply. Only students living in the WMU Apartments are eligible for this position. Interested students should reply via email for more information.

Staff positions

Remuneration includes housing. To be eligible to apply, students must have lived on campus and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA.

Learning community assistant
Most learning communities have 1-2 LCAs whose primary responsibility is to work with community building, mentoring, academic support, and programming for their specific community. They are the unique element that creates an experience different from that of other floors. As such, LCAs must be a part of the community they represent, such as majoring in the college for which a community is named. LCAs in academic learning communities also facilitate study sessions or, depending on the individual’s background, provide tutoring. LCAs average 15 hours per week. To be eligible to apply, students must have lived in the residence halls at least two semesters. Academic learning community LCA applicants must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA; all other LCA applicants must have a 2.6 cumulative GPA. The application process begins in December for fall positions.

Resident assistant
Each residence hall floor has a resident assistant whose primary responsibility is to help shape a positive and safe residential experience for students. Responsibilities include assisting students, programming, community development, policy enforcement and attentiveness to residence hall safety and security. Resident assistants average 20 hours per week. To be eligible to apply, students must have lived in the residence halls at least two semesters and have a 2.6 cumulative GPA. The application process takes place in October for spring positions, and in January for fall positions.

Resident manager
Each WMU Apartment complex has one to four Resident Managers. Responsibilities include assisting students, facility management, community development, policy enforcement and attentiveness to safety and security. Resident Managers average 20 hours per week. To be eligible to apply, students must have lived on campus at least two semesters and have a 2.6 cumulative GPA. Interviews take place in January for positions for the following academic year.

Application timelines

July, August

  • Front desk, office manager applications

October

  • Spring resident assistant applications
  • Spring resident manager applications (if needed)

Late November/December through January

  • Resident assistant, resident manager applications

Late January/February

  • Summer position applications

February/March

  • Learning community assistant applications